Does this mean that others of us, like me, are not creative? I live in a box, I am a good fit in academia, and my creativity freezes when disorder creeps into my space. I look at lots of art and quilts and it dawned on me that I have trouble creating the free-flowing designs that I love. They never turn out to my satisfaction. I successfully devise equally creative designs, but they tend to follow the lines and blocks of order and symmetry. Does that mean I am any less creative? I don't think so.
Why did I go off on that tangent? I don't draw well, but I was never given sketch books as a child and none of my family did any freehand drawing so I got a late start. I was given coloring books, which I loved. I was so happy sitting down with my box of 24 crayons and would have drooled over a box of 64. I loved coloring in the lines with plain color and later with shading.
Coloring in the lines is what this spiral quilt is ready for and I still love doing it. It is like my coloring books and can be translated into fabric to be sewn into a lovely quilt. Below is a colored version of the pentagon-triangle wedge (See Sprial Quilt Part II).
Versions A and B use exactly the same triangle and pentagon, but in version B I flipped the pentagon horizontally. Turn your imagination loose and try lots of combinations and colors, then rotate the wedge(s) and see what you have. Here are two ideas:
Once I have my spiral to a place where I like it, I head for my fabric stash and audition fabrics that I have that are close to what I want. I always say I am going to use my stash, but you know how it goes. You always need something you don't have so you have to go shopping! I print (you can draw) a paper wedge, cut fabrics to fit and glue them on with a glue stick. Then I take a photo, bring it into the computer and rotate it (you can use your mirror and/or imagination). After flipping, switching, moving, and adjusting fabrics I settled on the design below:
|"Reverie" fabric audition glued on paper, photographed, and rotated in the computer.|
TIP: Turn your imagination loose during this process. You can use all kinds of fabrics: prints, batiks, solids, and more. They can all work beautifully.
Next week I will show you my way of organizing this complex design so that it is easy to assemble.